The Life of a Sailor: By Capt. Frederick Chamier, R.N. ...

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R. Bentley, 1850 - 394 páginas
 

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Página 9 - The pain which is felt when we are first transplanted from our native soil, when the living branch is cut from the parent tree, is one of the most poignant which we have to endure through life. There are after-griefs which wound more deeply, which leave behind them scars never to be effaced, which bruise the spirit, and sometimes break the heart ; but never...
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Página 10 - ... in hand, were everywhere conspicuous; the shrill whistle squeaked, and the voice of the boatswain and his mates rattled like thunder in my ears; the deck was dirty, slippery, and wet; the smells abominable; the whole sight disgusting; and when I remarked the slovenly dress of the midshipmen, dressed in shabby round jackets, glazed hats, no gloves, and some without shoes, I forgot all the glory of Nelson, all the pride of the navy, the terror of France, or the bulwark of Albion; and for nearly...
Página 324 - Nature, true to herself, resisted the endeavor, and the groan was deep and audible. The crew had long respected their gallant commander ; they knew his worth and his courage. On hearing him express his pain, and seeing him relinquish his hold to sink, two of the men grasped their dying officer and placed him in the stern sheets. Even now, in almost insupportable agony, that gallant fellow forgot his own sufferings, and thought only on rescuing the remaining few from the untimely grave which awaited...
Página 318 - The voyage was prosperous ; only two men died, all the others gradually recovered their strength. Flatt himself was restored to perfect health, after having been so near the gates of death. LOSS OF THE MAGPIE, AND ESCAPE OF TWO OF HER CREW. I KNOW many men in the navy, who have served their years and years afloat, who have passed through the rugged life of a sailor, untouched by the enemy, and unhurt by misfortune. How true it is, "that in the midst of life we are in death!" that the very moment...
Página 324 - ... the gunwale, and kept the boat upright. Mr. Smith himself held by the stern, and cheered and applauded his men. The sharks had tasted the blood, and were not to be driven from their feast; in one short moment, when Mr. Smith ceased splashing, as he looked into the boat to watch its progress, y 2 a shark seized both his legs, and bit them off just above the knees.
Página 135 - ... under their topsails and jib, progressed about five knots through the water, while the Menelaus, being under all sail she could bear, was advancing at the rate of nine. We were now a long pistol-shot distant, and abreast of the enemy's rear ship. Calmly did we stand the broadside of her — to return it was useless ; besides, firing puts down the wind, and the harder it blew the better for us. We passed ship after ship, each firing as we came abreast, and each ceasing when her second a-head commenced....
Página 63 - Not far from this exhibition (for the body was in the high road, exposed to the gaze of the curious public) stood a melancholy-looking Turk, endeavouring to scare away some dogs; but his attempts were fruitless, for, unmindful of our presence, they rushed at the body, and began lapping the blood, which still oozed from the neck. I never remember to have shuddered with so cold a shudder as I did at that moment; and Byron, who ejaculated a sudden " Good God!
Página i - O'ER the glad waters of the dark blue sea, Our thoughts as boundless, and our souls as free, Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam, Survey our empire, and behold our home ! These are our realms, no limits to their sway — Our flag the sceptre all who meet obey.

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